SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Justin Turner hit a two-run double and Clayton Kershaw threw four innings of one-run ball, as the Dodgers beat the Royals, 5-4, on Sunday afternoon at Surprise Stadium.
Dodgers shortstop Charlie Culberson had two hits, including a triple, former Royal Brett Eibner had an RBI double and Joc Pederson added an RBI single.
Kershaw gave up a run on two hits, while striking out four.
"Not great, but not bad," Kershaw said. "Mixed in every pitch at some point, had at least good results at times, and at times it wasn't great, but that's part of it, I guess."
Royals third baseman Mike Moustakas homered in the first inning, his second of the spring. It was the first hit allowed by Kershaw this spring.
Right-hander Nathan Karns, in a battle for the Royals' No. 5 spot in the rotation, was roughed up for four runs on five hits over two innings.
"He just wasn't sharp today," Royals manager Ned Yost said. "Just struggled commanding the ball."
New Royals closer Kelvin Herrera threw a scoreless fourth inning.
"I threw a lot of changeups and sliders today," Herrera said. "Just working on location and trying to get ready for April."
Dodgers up next: The Dodgers have adjusted their rotation and moved Kenta Maeda up one day to start on Monday against the Angels in Tempe at 1:10 p.m. PT, live on MLB.TV. Maeda now pitches one day after Clayton Kershaw and one day before Rich Hill.
Royals up next: Right-hander Christopher Young will start, followed by left-hander Travis Wood, as the Royals travel to Scottsdale for a 3:10 p.m. CT game against the Rockies at Salt River Fields. Young and Wood are in a battle for the No. 5 spot in the rotation.
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